From the Pastor's Desk

Committee Restructuring
Speaking of changes, one of the areas I have been spending some time on since becoming your pastor is the restructuring process as it relates to the Session committees and deacons. As we continue to develop this new structure, I wanted to make sure everyone understands what we are trying to do.

Three of the Session committees are basically not experiencing any change in responsibility: Worship, Property, and Christian Education. The Nominating committee will also remain effectively the same, normally only functioning at one time per year when it is time to discern the call of elders and deacons for the leadership functions of the church.

The Mission and Outreach committees are going to be combined to make one committee. This committee will cover all the functions of reaching out into the community both for the purposes of caring for the needs of others but also to share the good news of a loving God with our local community and inviting people to be a part of our community of faith. An even greater change is the combining of the Endowment, Finance, Personnel and Stewardship committees into one committee: the Administrative Committee. This will make the Administrative committee responsible for the major financial issues of the church. The final major change is the reduction of the number of Deacons from seven to four.

In all of these cases, and for each committee, there will continue to be a need for volunteers. For instance, while the primary responsibility for issues related to endowment and scholarship funds will lie with the Administrative committee, a small task force will be needed to execute the Chicken Noodle Dinner next spring. Likewise, the Mission and Outreach Committee will still need volunteers for Thirsty Thursdays and for the meal that is served at the Faith Mission. Deacons will need volunteers to take turns with the fellowship time on Sunday mornings.

On September 16th we will be having a Fall kick-off potluck dinner at which we will also have an Involvement Fair. The purpose will not be to discuss stewardship of funds - that will come later in the fall. For this event you will have the opportunity to see, hear and sign up for a variety of opportunities to use your God-given gifts in the life of the congregation.

In the meantime, please feel free to contact me or any of the Session members if you have any questions:

Bob Bethge: Mission & Outreach
Kevin Dye: Worship
Trent Rowe: Property
Carol Scior: Administrative
Jayne Sparks: Christian Education
Jean Wells: Administrative

Peace,
Pastor Kim
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Posted on 03 Aug 2012 by Pastor Kim
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